New features are coming in at warp speed, let’s perform a quick recap of the most important of them (as usual from my subjective perpsective):
- General availability: Temporal tables in Azure SQL Database
- AzureAD Domain Services is now GA!(https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/10/12/azuread-domain-services-is-now-ga-lift-and-shift-to-the-cloud-just-got-way-easier/)
- Support for secure LDAP: You can access your managed domain using LDAPS (secure LDAP), including over the internet.
- Custom OU support: Users in the AAD DC Administrators delegated group can create and administer a custom organizational unit on your managed domain.
- Configure managed DNS for your domain: Users in the AAD DC Administrators delegated group can administer DNS on your managed domain using Windows Server DNS administration tools.
- Domain join for Linux: you can join a RedHat Linux VM to your managed domain.
- New and improved synchronization with your Azure AD tenant
- The password does not expire attribute: Some accounts had the password-does-not-expire attribute set on them, for example, service accounts. The password policy was being enforced for these accounts in managed domains, resulting in their passwords expiring. Passwords for such accounts will not expire.
- SID history sync: The on-premises primary user and group SIDs will now be synchronized to your managed domain and set as the SidHistory attribute on corresponding users and groups. This cool feature helps you lift-and-shift your workloads to Azure without having to worry about re-ACLing them.
- Virtual network peering: The Azure networking team recently announced GA for virtual network peering. This awesome feature makes it easy to connect Domain Services to other virtual networks. You can connect a classic virtual network in which your managed domain is available to workloads deployed in resource manager virtual networks using network peering.
- Azure Automation graphical runbook error management (the graphical way)
- General availability: UltraPerformance Gateway tier for Azure ExpressRoute
- Configurable token lifetimes in #AzureAD are now Public Preview!
- I missed the release of Azure POwershell 3.0(https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/tag/v3.0.0-September2016)